Mazda cross-over unleashed
New CX-3 comes packed with features and loves nothing better than taking on a few bends
MAZDA’S award-winning CX-3 has arrived in South Africa and its maker says drivers can look forward to design of the finest quality and style thanks to the Kodo — Soul of Motion design language.
Mazda SA managing director David Hughes told Wheels24’s Janine van der Post the CX-3 is “not a CX-5 hybrid, nor is it a Mazda2 SUV”. “The CX-3 is a new compact SUV that delivers on the our brand DNA known as ‘Zoom-Zoom’; Jinba-Ittai (fun-driving) and defies convention with a clean page approach.”
Hughes said that there’s no allwheel drive version for the CX-3 yet, but “we’ll get there”.
Down Under, where the new compact has been on sale for a while, Australia’s media could not sing the praises enough of the dynamic perfomance of this fifth model in Mazda’s line-up .
“The product of Mazda’s latest design and technologies, the CX-3 is a vehicle that can suit the diverse lifestyles of today’s customers in any scene, from innercity driving to enjoying the great outdoors — enabling customers to express their unique individuality. We believe the Mazda CX-3 will do well in the Southern Africa market”, said Hughes.
All models are driven by a twolitre petrol engine that makes 115 kW at 6 000 rpm and 204 Nm at a respectably low 2 800 rpm. A six-speed manual or auto transmission sends power to the front wheels.
Drivers can choose between three levels of cladding, from Active to Danumic to Individual.
The entry-level Active models offer a lot of kit.
Driver entertainment in the Active is taken care of by a fourspeaker sound system with Bluetooth pairing, with the Dynamic models adding two speakers.
Standard features in both include a an alarm system, cruise control, a front seat armrest, hill launch assist, air-conditioning, power fold mirrors and a seat lifter for the driver seat. The Auto models get i-Stop and dynamic stability control (DSC).
Extra features in the mid-level Dynamic models are climate control, front fog lamps, a leather covers on the steering wheel, gear, handbrake, i-Stop, Mazda connect with commander rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers and a sunglass holder. The highest spec model only comes in automatic, and takes the speaker count up to seven with a Bose sound system, a head-up display, LED headlights, SatNav, an electric sunroof, rear camera and 18-inch alloy wheels.
All models are backed up by a three-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty with roadside assistance, a three-year service plan and a five-year corrosion warranty.
CX-3 pricing 2.0 Active Manual R254 900 Auto 2.0 R270 400
2.0 Dynamic Manual R277 900 Auto 2.0 R288 400
Auto R325 900.
South African drivers can now test drive the new Mazda CX-3 cross over to find out why it is rated by the Scots in Edinburgh and the Ozzies in Wagga Wagga.